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Late Summer & Fall Interest

No one wants summer to be over already, but it’s nearly fall gardening season here in Western Pennsylvania or at least about time to start thinking about how your landscape will look in fall. Whether they bloom until the frost, color up to spectacular foliage, or have attractive berries which last into winter, fall interest plants are always a great addition to the garden.

Long-flowering plants that bloom into fall include shrubs such as Abelia or Blue Mist Spirea (Caryopteris) and herbaceous perennials such as False Sunflower,  upright Sedum, Tickseed (Coreopsis), Black-Eyed Susans, or Montauk Daisies. Many deciduous shrubs are popular for their stunning fall foliage. Oakleaf Hydrangea’s foliage turns deep red to orange to burgundy in fall and its previously white flowers turn dark pink. Sweetspire, a compact shrub with drooping, white flowers in spring and summer, turns bright red as winter approaches. Many shrubs are well-known for their colorful berries which often serve as food for wildlife, such as Chokeberry, a native shrub with black berries and bright orange to red fall foliage, and Snowberry, with large white berries that last into winter.

Also consider planting fall classics in your garden, such as mums, flowering kale, ornamental millet, asters, amaranthus, and  annual grasses. Many of these make great additions to fall planters and beds and can brighten the landscape even as perennial blooms begin to fade.

Fall is a great time to plant new shrubs, trees, and perennials. As the weather cools, new plants don’t dry out as quickly as in the heat of summer and a lot of their energy is spent putting out roots to prepare for winter. As long as you give your plants enough time to establish before the frost, planting season doesn’t have to be limited to spring. Now’s also a great time to plant fall crops like cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, radishes, and more!

Flavor Festival This Weekend!

Our Flavor Festival is coming up this Saturday, August 12th! To kick it off, we will be hosting an hour long yoga class in the Glass House starting at 10AM. Admission is donation-based, and all proceeds will benefit Grow Pittsburgh, an urban agriculture non-profit which provides resources to gardeners and farmers throughout the region. Register for the class here!

From 11AM to 4PM, stroll through an artisan market full of booths from artists, bakers, and all sorts of creators, and sample craft beer from local brewery, Stick City Brewing, soon to open in Mars. Look forward to plenty of savings this weekend as well with up to 50% off select plant stock and 40% off all outdoor pottery.

The festival is free and open the public and will go on rain or shine! Come support local artisans and enjoy some flavors of the season!



Midsummer Blooms

Whether you’re looking for perennials and shrubs for your landscape or houseplants and succulents for your indoor spaces, now is an excellent time to stop by. Midsummer is peak bloom time for a lot of beautiful perennial plants and shrubs, such as daylilies, hydrangeas, roses, hardy Hibiscus, and more, so our woody nursery and perennial yard are particularly full of color. As for indoor plants, our collection of premium houseplants is available year-round and always being replenished.

Quality Gardens’ Flavor Festival is coming up! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 12th, and keep an eye on our weekly newsletter and Facebook for upcoming event details. Look forward to greenhouse yoga with donations benefiting Grow Pittsburgh, flavors of the season, craft beer tastings from local breweries such as Stick City Brewing, an artisan market full of art and handmade goods from local creators, and more! No admission fee and open to the public.

Plus, if you’re a local artist, sculptor, jeweler, baker, or any kind of creator, there’s still time to be part of the festivities! No set up costs, and the festival will go on rain or shine. Contact Christine at (724)-625-2770 for more info.

Happy Fourth of July!

Summer is here, but the end of spring doesn’t mean the end of the gardening season! There is still a wide selection of plant stock growing in the greenhouses and nursery here at Quality, from nursery stock and perennials, to annual flats, houseplants, and tropicals. Our growers have also been busy planting our fall crops of mums, asters, ornamental millet, flowering kale, and more.

Don’t miss Fourth of July savings this weekend! Specials begin July 1st and end July 4th. Get 33% off outdoor decor such as premium pottery, bistro sets, benches, and decorative lanterns. Nursery stock such as Rhododendrons, Green Eastern Arborvitae, and containerized trees will also be discounted up to 33% off, along with Roses and Clematis. Save $1 each on all quart perennials in our perennial yard. Many perennials are coming into their prime now, and it’s not too late to add to your garden!

Quality Gardens will be open on July 4th from 10am to 2pm.

Summer’s Here!

It may be another week until summer officially starts, but right now, it certainly feels like it’s already here! In our perennial yard and woody nursery, some of our summer-flowering plants are coming into bloom so it’s beginning to look like summer as well.

Our Hydrangeas are already covered in large, colorful blooms, many of which are reblooming varieties, so you can expect blooms from now until late summer or fall. White, pink, blue, or purple blooms are available, and color is often different or more vibrant depending on the soil condition. For fall foliage interest, Oakleaf Hydrangeas are an excellent choice, as their leaves turn a bright red to purple before shedding for the winter. Spirea is another excellent shrub and depending on the variety, blooms late spring to midsummer in a variety of different colors. Other popular summer shrubs and trees include Abelia, with varieties that have attractive foliage as well as blooms; Rose of Sharon, a cousin of the tropical Hibsicus with similar flowers and habit; and Potentilla (Cinquefoil), a highly drought-resistant and sun-loving shrub most commonly with yellow flowers

As for perennials, there are many plants that thrive in the summer heat. Blanket flower (Giallardia), Tickseed (Coreopsis), Yarrow, Larkspur (Delphinium), Foxglove, Hollyhocks, Daisies, and Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) are popular summer-blooming perennials, some of which will bloom into fall. For the hottest and driest areas, hardy succulent plants like Sedum, Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum), and Ice Plant (Delosperma) are an excellent choice.

Father’s Day is this weekend! Get 30% Off select decorative metal, stone, and concrete benches. Available in a variety of colors, materials, and styles, these benches make great accents to any garden, patio, or deck.

May is Over!

It’s hard to believe that May is almost over! Many of our greenhouses are beginning to clear out, but there are still a variety of hanging baskets, annuals, herbs, and vegetables remaining. That’s unlikely to be true much longer though! Whether you haven’t started your garden yet this year or are looking to add more to it, now’s the time! Plus, our stock of houseplants, tropicals, and succulents is always changing.

If you bring your annuals home and notice they aren’t looking quite as good as they did, it may be time to fertilize! Annual hanging baskets and containers will benefit greatly from a weekly application of water-soluble fertilizer such as Jack’s Classic, which we both sell and use here at Quality. If fed consistently, many annuals such as Petunias and Million Bells should bloom all summer long. If you’re fertilizing and watering regularly and it still seems like your plants aren’t looking so hot, be sure to check for possible insect pests such as aphids or spider mites. We stock a variety of pest control methods here to take care of any bug infestation, but be careful to read labels closely and always apply as directed!

The weather is perfect now for a walk through our perennial yard, nursery, and greenhouses, so grab some ice cream or a cold brew at Bloom and come take a look around!

Memorial Day Weekend!

Though we may be in for a rainy Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of colorful blooms here at Quality Gardens bound to brighten up any day. From gorgeous hanging baskets to bedding flats of annuals, such as Zinnias, Wax Begonias, Snapdragons, Marigolds, and more, to tropical Oleander, Brugmansia, and Bougainvillea, there’s a lot to look at… and that’s just inside the greenhouses.

In our perennial yard, Daylilies, Daisies, Speedwell, Salvia, and more are beginning to flower, along with many of our roses and peonies and our vining plants such as Clematis and Honeysuckle. The shrubs and trees in our woody nursery are looking good as well, with plenty of options to fit any location you have in mind. Plus, many fruit trees and shrubs like apples, pears, plums, hardy kiwis, blueberries, and more are starting to develop fruit.

Planting season is in full swing now with a frost very unlikely, so whether you’re looking for veggies, herbs, annual flowers, perennials, shrubs, or trees, it’s an excellent time to pick something up and get it in the ground.

This weekend, specials include buy one, get one on tomatoes and peppers and 10% off Japanese Maple Trees, so come stop by for a look around!